WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

21/09/2010 09:18

Papers: I'm miles better

Berba: I finally feel alive!
Dimitar Berbatov has revealed how he revived his Manchester United career by putting himself through a punishing summer of training. The Bulgarian striker admits he was disappointed with his United form in his first two seasons, but now he believes everything is coming right. Berbatov, 29, said: "I was disappointed with myself that I could not please all the supporters. I've said before, the people of Manchester United are the judges and that is the way it should be. It's their team. I am a guest - a privileged guest. Now I feel like everything I imagine on the pitch will come true and that feels awesome. I have worked hard on my fitness. So hard. I'm not a weights guy, I'm sure you can see by my body. But I have been trying to even work on that. I ran six miles every day during the off season. I watched one World Cup match, went for a run, then watched another and went for another run. This was my routine."
Neil Custis, The Sun

Reaction to Sunday's win over Liverpool continues to fill the sports pages. The Daily Telegraph quotes Nemanja Vidic on his belief that Berbatov's goals could take United to title number 19. "If he keeps scoring, we have a good chance to win the league and for him to gain some personal reward too," says the new Reds skipper.

Also in the Telegraph, Henry Winter challenges Nani to "stand up and be counted – with the emphasis on stand up. Against Liverpool, the Portuguese winger pretended Paul Konchesky elbowed him and then milked minor contact from Daniel Agger, drawing sharp rebukes from the visiting pair and a few sighs from home fans. Nani is too good to stoop to simulation to hurt opponents."

Patrice Evra's call for United to stop throwing away leads features in The Sun and Daily Mirror ("Heart attack football! N-Evra again.")

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